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Oscar® winner NICOLAS CAGE (Randall "Memphis" Raines) is one of the most versatile actors of our time, equally known for his poignant portrayals in drama and comedy. He received numerous awards for Best Actor -- the Academy Award®, a Golden Globe, the New York Film Critics, the Los Angeles Film Critics, the Chicago Film Critics, and the National Board of Review -- for his performance as a self-destructive alcoholic in "Leaving Las Vegas," directed by Mike Figgis.

"Gone in 60 Seconds" reunites Cage with producer Jerry Bruckheimer for the third time. He previously starred in the action blockbusters "Con Air," costarring John Cusack and John Malkovich, and "The Rock" with Sean Connery and Ed Harris.

His film credits also include Martin Scorsese's "Bringing Out the Dead," "Eight Millimeter" directed by Joel Schumacher, "Snake Eyes" directed by Brian De Palma, "City of Angels" directed by Brad Silberling and costarring Meg Ryan, "Guarding Tess" costarring Shirley MacLaine, "It Could Happen to You" with Bridget Fonda, and Barbet Schroeder's "Kiss of Death." His performance in "Face/Off" earned him a Blockbuster Entertainment Award for Favorite Actor in an Action/Adventure movie as well as three MTV Movie Award nominations for Best Male Performance, Best On-Screen Duo (with costar John Travolta), and Best Villain.

It was Cage's portrayal of a tormented Vietnam vet in "Birdy" that first established him as a serious actor. Directed by Alan Parker, "Birdy" won the jury prize at Cannes. Cage then received a Golden Globe nomination for Best Actor for his role as Cher's lover in "Moonstruck." He then starred opposite Laura Dern in David Lynch's "Wild at Heart," which won the Palm d'Or at the 1990 Cannes Film Festival. He received another Golden Globe nomination for the romantic comedy "Honeymoon in Vegas," directed by Andrew Bergman. In 1996 the Montreal World Film Festival honored Cage with its prestigious Lifetime Achievement Award.

Earlier film credits include "Valley Girl," "Cotton Club," "Racing with the Moon," "The Boy in Blue," "Peggy Sue Got Married," "Raising Arizona," "Vampire's Kiss," and "Firebirds."

Nicolas Cage was raised in Long Beach, California, and lived there until his family moved to San Francisco when he was 12. Cage began acting at age 15, when he enrolled in San Francisco's American Conservatory Theatre. There he appeared in the school's production of "Golden Boy." While still a high school student, he moved to Los Angeles and landed a role in the telefilm "The Best of Times." He made his feature film debut in "Rumble Fish."

His upcoming projects include Brett Ratner's "Family Man," "Captain Corelli's Mandolin" for director Roger Michell, and "Jack & Jill" to be directed by Linda Obst.

Now the owner of dozens of cars, Cage purchased his first, a Triumph Spitfire, before he was old enough to drive. When he finally began driving it, the car broke down every other week, so Cage sold it. Last year, he ran into the man who bought it from him, and purchased it back -- he is now having it restored.


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